What are your favorite headphones?

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#1 Posted by CleanNJerk (2109 posts) -

So when you look for a pair of headphones, what are the things you look for the most? E.g I look for comfortable fit and best sound quality. So basically for me those would be the Dr. Dre earbuds. http://www.amazon.com/Beats-Tour-In-Ear-Headphone-Monster/dp/B002EL4RI4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1343687411&sr=8-1&keywords=dr+dre+earbuds

#2 Posted by NVIDIATI (7800 posts) -

"best sound quality" =/= "Dr Dre"

You should revise your choice. In the same price range something like the Shure SE315K comes to mind for fit and performance. Preference on the type of sound may also change your definition of "best"

Example: The Shure SE315Ks will have more impact and overall presence in the bass notes than the HiFiMAN RE262s, but the HiFiMANs will have a larger sound stage and more neutral sound signature.

#3 Posted by JigglyWiggly_ (23762 posts) -
dt-770 250ohm headphones are my favorite i look for: sealed to sealedish comfort and how good the sound quality is according to random people on hi-fi
#4 Posted by Heirren (18416 posts) -
Sennheiser, from my experience, have the best quality for the price. They don't really produce any bad models. They're 25 dollar iems are compared to 100 dollar Shures.
#5 Posted by NVIDIATI (7800 posts) -

Sennheiser, from my experience, have the best quality for the price. They don't really produce any bad models. They're 25 dollar iems are compared to 100 dollar Shures.Heirren

Which Senn IEM for $25 compares to the Shure SE215K ($99)?

As for best quality for the price, well that's also debatable.

#6 Posted by Heirren (18416 posts) -

[QUOTE="Heirren"]Sennheiser, from my experience, have the best quality for the price. They don't really produce any bad models. They're 25 dollar iems are compared to 100 dollar Shures.NVIDIATI

Which Senn IEM for $25 compares to the Shure SE215K ($99)?

As for best quality for the price, well that's also debatable.

I honestly don't remember. This was back in late 08 or early 09. I've tried lots of headphones, and am yet to hear a poor model from sennheiser. All the other brands have a few models that just aren't worth it.
#7 Posted by DJ_Lae (42748 posts) -
In terms of price and performance and its insane warranty, my choice is easy: iMoh930VkZnQV.jpg
#8 Posted by Wolfetan (7522 posts) -

Grado SR80i or anything made by Grado. You can mod them to death(seriously the mods you can do are great) the mids and highs sparkle. And the bass is tight and punchy but not very prominent. I do have Ultimate Ears TripleFi 10's even thought they are $300 more the bass is very prominent. I will have to test the Grados and UE's side by side though as I do not have the UE's atm.

#9 Posted by Frieza99 (228 posts) -
For pc "Sennheiser HD 201",and for my music player "Skullcandy S2INCZ-033 ".
#10 Posted by Bozanimal (2483 posts) -
I'd be torn between The V-Moda M80's, Sennheiser HD598's, and Beyerdynamic DT770's, but I think I haven't discovered my favorite headphones, yet. I still want to try the Denon AHD2000's and the V-Moda M100's when they're released in the next couple months.

"best sound quality" =/= "Dr Dre"

NVIDIATI
I've read a few good things about the Dre earbuds, though I believe they're overpriced relative to their competition from internet rhetoric. You have to be careful not to get so down on a brand you miss out on the gems like the Skullcandy Aviators or the new Monster IEMs, the former I've really enjoyed and latter I've read positive acclaim from multiple reputable sources, including Head-Fi. Happy gaming, Boz
#11 Posted by Mozelleple112 (6695 posts) -

Says he likes quality.. goes for Beats :lol:

I have no favourite headphone, but I certainly enjoy my Denon D5000s

#12 Posted by Wolfetan (7522 posts) -

Says he likes quality.. goes for Beats :lol:Mozelleple112

#13 Posted by Nintendo_Fan128 (4250 posts) -

I use this one, because I think it's comfier to have the arc go around the neck rather than over the headhttp://slua.com/wp-content/uploads/logitech_headset.jpg

Does anyone know of any other headsets similar to this one? The only one I know about is Logitech's.

#14 Posted by Bozanimal (2483 posts) -

I use this one, because I think it's comfier to have the arc go around the neck rather than over the headhttp://slua.com/wp-content/uploads/logitech_headset.jpg

Does anyone know of any other headsets similar to this one? The only one I know about is Logitech's.

Nintendo_Fan128
Sennheiser, Creative, and Plantronics all have behind-the-neck headsets, though I cannot vouch for or against any of them. If you're looking for something with higher quality audio, start with the Sennheisers. Happy gaming, Boz
#15 Posted by gedz (674 posts) -

The only pair of quality headphones I've owned are the AKG K240 MKII's and I'm loving them. I like the look of the K550 and it seems to have pretty good feedback, so I might give them a try next :D

#16 Posted by Nintendo_Fan128 (4250 posts) -

Sennheiser, Creative, and Plantronics all have behind-the-neck headsets, though I cannot vouch for or against any of them. If you're looking for something with higher quality audio, start with the Sennheisers. Happy gaming, BozBozanimal

Thanks for the suggestions, I'll look these up!

#17 Posted by Heirren (18416 posts) -
I've always been a big fan of how the dual driver AKGs sound.
#18 Posted by rickliao (60 posts) -

So when you look for a pair of headphones, what are the things you look for the most? E.g I look for comfortable fit and best sound quality. So basically for me those would be the Dr. Dre earbuds. http://www.amazon.com/Beats-Tour-In-Ear-Headphone-Monster/dp/B002EL4RI4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1343687411&sr=8-1&keywords=dr+dre+earbuds

CleanNJerk
Shure se535!! this is the best
#19 Posted by CleanNJerk (2109 posts) -

"best sound quality" =/= "Dr Dre"

You should revise your choice. In the same price range something like the Shure SE315K comes to mind for fit and performance. Preference on the type of sound may also change your definition of "best"

Example: The Shure SE315Ks will have more impact and overall presence in the bass notes than the HiFiMAN RE262s, but the HiFiMANs will have a larger sound stage and more neutral sound signature.

NVIDIATI

Thank you for the advice. I just got intermediate with phones. Upon the op I was a newb lol.

#20 Posted by James161324 (8315 posts) -

Love my Hd 558.

With Dr Dre, they look good but any decent headphones destroy them

#21 Posted by NiHM (194 posts) -

Sennheiser HD598's

#22 Posted by kidcool189 (4307 posts) -
Of the handful of headphones i've owned/used(sony mdr-v6, senn 558, senn 280, shure shr840, beyer dt770pro &dt990 pro), definitely the dt990 pro's.
#23 Posted by DJ_Headshot (6285 posts) -

AD700 but thats using heavy EQ with the HW equalizer the kx audio drivers provide for an aging but still good Audigy 2ZS gives them some much needed bass boost without degrading the overall sound.

#25 Posted by GalvatronType_R (1883 posts) -

I have Klipsch S4i, Klipsch Image One cans, and just ordered and received the SMS Audio Street by 50 earbuds and I love them all. Believe it or not, the S4i is bassier than the Street by 50 but the SMS has better mids and highs. The problem is that the SMS needed a long burn in period (I left my Macbook on with iTunes at 90% volume to break in the SMS drivers) but after that, they sound great.

Oh, and about Beats. They're made by Monster Cable. That should tell you all you need to know about them.

#26 Posted by NamelessPlayer (7729 posts) -
Stax SR-Lambda, and to a slightly lesser extent, its numerous descendants made over the past 30+ years. -Very comfortable; I can wear them for hours on end. -Airy, ambient, atmospheric presentation with a sense of clarity I haven't heard anywhere else. It's like the air itself is singing to me. -Best midrange I've ever heard. Vocals stand out in the music, but aren't overpowering. (The original Normal bias set is still regarded as having better midrange than all its Pro bias successors over the last three decades, if the Stax enthusiasts are to be believed.) -With CMSS-3D Headphone, Dolby Headphone, and similar binaural HRTF mixing technologies, it's like having an aural wallhack. Every sound can be pinpointed with ease. Simply put, I'm hooked on electrostatics now because of it...unfortunately for my wallet, they're among the most expensive headphones due to their amplification requirements.
#27 Posted by Driver_M1991 (4 posts) -
Beats by Dr. Dre ;)!
#28 Posted by crashdown86 (20 posts) -
I like my Denon AHD1100, I dont think they're the best but they're the best I've owned.
#29 Posted by agpickle (3293 posts) -

My ATH-M50's are the best I have. They replaced a pair of JVC HARX 900's.

Also have a cheap pair of MEE M9 iem's.

#30 Posted by jonathant5 (873 posts) -

For just listening to music at home, I would have to say my favorite are the Sennheiser HD380's. For listening to music outside (well essentially iem's, dont want to lug a headphone around) I would have to say the Monster Turbine Pro Copper's, they are fairly comfy, and have great sound quality.

On another note, to the TC, those beats are neither comfy, nor do they sound particularly good for that price, there are far better ones both in terms of comfort, sound quality, and price, such as the Shure315's, the Klipsch S4's, and the Sennheiser CX880. Frankly, the Tours may look good, but they have a poor build quality, and sound average. You should consider trying other earphones out, rather than believing the hype and marketing.

#31 Posted by BranKetra (49366 posts) -
My favorites are the pair of Sennheisers HD 280 professional headphones I own. I intend to buy a pair of Audio Technica and Shure brand headphones to compare the quality of the three. Although reviews are helpful when looking to make a purchase of any merchanise, there are times when I prefer personal experience to make a final judgement on whatever it is that I buy. This is one of them.
#32 Posted by Wolfetan (7522 posts) -
My favorites are the pair of Sennheisers HD 280 professional headphones I own. I intend to buy a pair of Audio Technica and Shure brand headphones to compare the quality of the three. Although reviews are helpful when looking to make a purchase of any merchanise, there are times when I prefer personal experience to make a final judgement on whatever it is that I buy. This is one of them.BranKetra
What AT and Shure phones are you looking at? I highly recommend the Shure 940's.
#33 Posted by BranKetra (49366 posts) -

[QUOTE="BranKetra"]My favorites are the pair of Sennheisers HD 280 professional headphones I own. I intend to buy a pair of Audio Technica and Shure brand headphones to compare the quality of the three. Although reviews are helpful when looking to make a purchase of any merchanise, there are times when I prefer personal experience to make a final judgement on whatever it is that I buy. This is one of them.Wolfetan
What AT and Shure phones are you looking at? I highly recommend the Shure 940's.

Like I said before, I want to compare the three brands. To start, I will look at some from each in the price range that the Sennheisers I own are in. That range is $80 to $200 dollars, with the HD 280s costing $99. While I am do not doubt the quality of Shure 940s because that brand has a good reputation, it is in a different price range than what I have in mind currently. I appreciate the recommendation all the same.

#34 Posted by kraken2109 (13181 posts) -

My senheiser 429 are good value for money and very comfy, a bit of EQ on the bass works wonders though.

#35 Posted by AjaxNeron (2318 posts) -

Sennheiser 333Ds, by far. I also like my Steelseries 5H v2s, and am considering upgrading to Steelseries Siberia v2s.

#36 Posted by carolB3256 (21 posts) -
I actually do not know how to choose headphones and I just buy whatever is recommended in the headphones shop. And most of the time, it turns out that they are not really good or not as good as I expected. Thanks for this post and now I have learned the considerations I need in choosing headphones.
#37 Posted by Grey_Eyed_Elf (4053 posts) -
It's a toss up between my Sennheiser HD 205 and my AKG K701(I know they are a different class) ... I love the 205 because of the sound quality for the price is just phenomenal and I use them for gaming daily use, BUT when it comes to music the K701 is just... EARGASMIC! I'd have to give it to the 701 mainly because I just fall in love with them every single time I listen to music through them. In fact tomorrow I'm just going to put my feet up and listen to Led Zeppelin. I use to have a Grado SR125i but it no longer works thanks to the poor built quality. May have to re-solder some parts but I just don't have the time.
#39 Posted by Wolfetan (7522 posts) -

I actually do not know how to choose headphones and I just buy whatever is recommended in the headphones shop in Next Pay. And most of the time, it turns out that they are not really good or not as good as I expected. Thanks for this post and now I have learned the considerations I need in choosing headphones.

carolB3256
Whats your budget?
#40 Posted by kraken2109 (13181 posts) -
[QUOTE="carolB3256"]

I actually do not know how to choose headphones and I just buy whatever is recommended in the headphones shop in Next Pay. And most of the time, it turns out that they are not really good or not as good as I expected. Thanks for this post and now I have learned the considerations I need in choosing headphones.

Wolfetan
Whats your budget?

Looks like a spambot tbh
#41 Posted by fashionever (1 posts) -
Sennheiser, from my experience, the best quality for the price. They really do not have any bad model. They are $ 25 the IEMS, compared to $ 100 Shures.
#42 Posted by Gambler_3 (7586 posts) -

I recently bought the JVC Bi-Metal FX300 and I am totally in love with them, what an awesome product. Out of the box sound quality was very harsh but it's getting so smooth with time now and the detail is simply mind blowing for the price I paid for it. Totally addicted to this sound signature now.

#43 Posted by kris9031998 (7554 posts) -
Never truly had a pair of "real" (quality) headphones, so i can't say really. But for now i have the sennheiser cx 300 ii. The right ear stopped working a few days back so i ordered a pair of soundmagic e10's, apparently they're amazing for the price. For around christmas i plan on getting mid-tier headphones, either the He-400 w/ fiio e17, or possibly the sennheiser momentum (obviously the he-400's are better, but a nice closed pair of headphones would be nice too)
#44 Posted by Wolfetan (7522 posts) -

Never truly had a pair of "real" (quality) headphones, so i can't say really. But for now i have the sennheiser cx 300 ii. The right ear stopped working a few days back so i ordered a pair of soundmagic e10's, apparently they're amazing for the price. For around christmas i plan on getting mid-tier headphones, either the He-400 w/ fiio e17, or possibly the sennheiser momentum (obviously the he-400's are better, but a nice closed pair of headphones would be nice too)kris9031998
Ah. Nice. The HE-400 are supposedly amazing. Around Christmas im planning to get Sennheiser HD600/650 and a O2 amp with a HRT Music Streamer II. Anyways my favorite headphones are my Grado Sr-80i's. I do not like them very much but the sound stage is very nice for the price. My IEM's (Ultimate Ear's TripleFi 10's) do indeed sound alot better but no soundstage or airy feeling.

#45 Posted by kris9031998 (7554 posts) -

[QUOTE="kris9031998"]Never truly had a pair of "real" (quality) headphones, so i can't say really. But for now i have the sennheiser cx 300 ii. The right ear stopped working a few days back so i ordered a pair of soundmagic e10's, apparently they're amazing for the price. For around christmas i plan on getting mid-tier headphones, either the He-400 w/ fiio e17, or possibly the sennheiser momentum (obviously the he-400's are better, but a nice closed pair of headphones would be nice too)Wolfetan

Ah. Nice. The HE-400 are supposedly amazing. Around Christmas im planning to get Sennheiser HD600/650 and a O2 amp with a HRT Music Streamer II. Anyways my favorite headphones are my Grado Sr-80i's. I do not like them very much but the sound stage is very nice for the price. My IEM's (Ultimate Ear's TripleFi 10's) do indeed sound alot better but no soundstage or airy feeling.

Where are you getting the 650's at? Music direct is an authorized dealer and has them for $400, all the time
#46 Posted by Wolfetan (7522 posts) -
[QUOTE="Wolfetan"]

[QUOTE="kris9031998"]Never truly had a pair of "real" (quality) headphones, so i can't say really. But for now i have the sennheiser cx 300 ii. The right ear stopped working a few days back so i ordered a pair of soundmagic e10's, apparently they're amazing for the price. For around christmas i plan on getting mid-tier headphones, either the He-400 w/ fiio e17, or possibly the sennheiser momentum (obviously the he-400's are better, but a nice closed pair of headphones would be nice too)kris9031998

Ah. Nice. The HE-400 are supposedly amazing. Around Christmas im planning to get Sennheiser HD600/650 and a O2 amp with a HRT Music Streamer II. Anyways my favorite headphones are my Grado Sr-80i's. I do not like them very much but the sound stage is very nice for the price. My IEM's (Ultimate Ear's TripleFi 10's) do indeed sound alot better but no soundstage or airy feeling.

Where are you getting the 650's at? Music direct is an authorized dealer and has them for $400, all the time

Hmm. $400. I'm thinking about the HD600 now because people say they are brighter. I may get the HE-400 too or the HE-500 if I can get a good deal on them. But then I will have to get an amp later for my birthday which is fine.
#47 Posted by johansburg (26 posts) -

Audionic

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#48 Posted by edinsftw (4239 posts) -

I like akg702's because of the massive soundstage

#49 Posted by Murderstyle75 (4412 posts) -
Even a 65.00 pair of Sony MDR V6's destroy Beats.
#50 Posted by Riadon2 (1598 posts) -

Even a 65.00 pair of Sony MDR V6's destroy Beats.Murderstyle75

I think that they destroy the Solos and Studio Beats, but the Pro version is slightly better.  Of course, once you get into low to mid-end audiophile range (m50, dt770, etc), Beats are exposed for the glorified necklaces that they really are.